PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT

HOP ON THE BUS TO FABULOUS!

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Divas Candida Mosomo, Londiwe Dhlomo & Tembeka Mnguni – Photo Credit: Lance Peterson

From the minute the curtain goes up and the cast of Priscilla Queen of the Desert launches into their enthusiastic, energetic opening number: It’s Raining Men – complete with 3 sparkly, shimmering Diva’s suspended above their heads – you know you’re in for a helluva ride! And that’s exactly what you get when you take your seat for this proudly South African production that takes you on the journey of a lifetime across the Australian outback.

In case you don’t know, this is the touching story of three drag queens who travel across Australia on a rather decrepit bus, which they fondly name Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. On their journey they discover the true meaning of friendship, love and unfortunately also meet up with the animosity that accompanies those who have no understanding of anyone or anything ‘different’. It’s a timeless tale of how strong bonds are formed, how hatred and derision continue to exist despite the advances that we think are being made, and how ultimately we all have the need to be accepted for who we are, regardless of our differences.

Daniel Buys is perfect in the role of Tick (Mitzi); delightfully up-beat, while seamlessly able to shift into a more restrained, reflective mood when his role requires it. And it’s certainly needed as he secretly has more than one reason to be schlepping around the

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David Dennis, Daniel Buys, Phillip Schnetler – Photo Credit: Nardus Engelbrecht

outback in a broken-down bus! He ropes in flighty Adam (Felicia) to join him on his mission, and Felicia has a goal of her very own. Apart from just wanting to have a good time, she’s always wanted to belt out a Kylie number on top of Ayers rock, because who doesn’t love the thought of ‘a cock in a frock on a rock’! Phillip Schnetler camps up the role with spot-on, screaming hilarity (and a touch of Jack from Will & Grace)! The trio is complete with dignified, slightly aging transsexual Bernadette who feels she’s possibly past her prime, but willing to go out with a bang (so to speak!). David Dennis plays the role with gracious grandeur, back-biting as wickedly as any self-respecting old queen would! And I just have to add here, out of these three, I just can’t decide who has the best pair of legs … they’re all to die for!!

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Tshepo Ncokoane – Photo credit: Nardus Engelbrecht

Mentions must go to the all too fabulous, stupendously over-the-top Miss-Understanding, Tshepo Ncokoane; Candice van Litsenborgh who hams it up as the most hilarious mullet ever, complete with humungous boobs bouncing all over the stage (almost); Chantal Herman as a cheeky mail-order bride who’s sick and tired of being overlooked; and last but most definitely not least, veteran actor, James Borthwick who plays the simple, but simply adorable, big-hearted mechanic, who might just have more to him than meets the eye.

Ultimately though, producers Hazel Feldman and Tony Feldman of Showtime Management have put together a cracker of a team who have have masterfully overseen all the minutiae of this show, ensuring that they collaborate perfectly to make it the glitter and glitz extravaganza that it is. Director Anton Luitingh keeps things crisp, smart and snappy and technical director Alistair Kilbee oversees the constant ebb and flow of the pizazz that abounds throughout. Resident choreographer, Duane Alexander ensures (I have no clue how) that the 28-strong cast gets every step in synch, in heels nogal!  Brian Schimmel, one of SA’s top music directors leads the 9-piece orchestra through numerous well-loved numbers (I Say a Little Prayer, Don’t Leave Me This Way, True Colours, I Will Survive … and many more) that will have audiences singing at the top of their lungs, not only during the show, but when they leave too!

And as for the costumes … the headdresses, the shoes … they’ll simply take your breath away! There’s so much colour, so much to look at … it’s a feast for the eyes and an extreme celebration of the imagination!

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Photo credit: Nardus Engelbrecht

Best of all though is the utter enjoyment that shines from the face of each and every cast member. This is a show that begs for an audience, and has audiences begging for more

Priscilla Queen of the Desert is a must-see. It’s fabulous fun, thoroughly entertaining, and if you don’t walk out of that theatre with a huge smile on your face, then you lied and didn’t actually see the show!

It’s on at the Teatro, Montecasino until 18 June, 2017.

BOOKINGS: Computicket by calling 0861 915 8000, or visit www.computicket.com

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

This musical contains some strong language and adult themes, therefore parental guidance is recommended for children under the age of 12

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SA MUSIC ICON STEVE KEKANA LIVE IN CONCERT IN IPHUPHO THE DREAM

With Special Guests Joe Nina, Sipho ‘Hotstix’ Mabuse and Ladysmith Black Mambazo

HOSTED BY IKUSASA (Ikusasa Arts Development Projects)

2 shows only : Saturday 29 April at 19h00 and Sunday 30 April at 13h00 on The Mandela Stage at Joburg Theatre

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This promises to be an unforgettable 2-hour show of pure nostalgia, with Kekana delivering all his hits from the start of his career back in 1978, to date.

Kekana lost his eye sight at the age of five, but has never let this stand in the way of fulfilling his dream. This concert aims to entertain and inspire those living with disabilities or who face challenges which may be regarded as stumbling blocks towards fulfilling their dreams.  This is the reason for show’s title: Iphupho the Dream.

Steve Kekana 3Kekana has over 20 albums to his credit and is one of the few artists who has managed to cross over varying genres, from Mbhaqanga, to Pop, Gospel and Soul. His decision to not confine himself to a single genre was frowned upon at the outset as it was believed that he would not be able to sustain a fan-base. But he proved his critics wrong and dispelled all myths about cross-genres, as to date he is amongst the most loved and respected local musicians of his time.

In the past, Kekana has also collaborated and featured on various songs with some of South Africa’s greatest musicians such as Joe Nina, PJ Powers, Soul Brothers, Ladysmith Black Mambazo and the late Nana Coyote. His unique and high range tone have always made him stand out from the crowd.

Born in 1958 in Zebediela, Limpopo, Kekana lost his sight at the tender age of five, and attended a school for the blind in Pietersburg. During his school years, he nurtured his love for singing, and was a member of amateur groups.

In 1979 and 1980, Kekana won what was then known as the “SABC Black Music Award” for Best Male Vocalist. Further awards followed, with the singer taking the “Top Male Vocalist” award on Radio Zulu, and being the runner-up on the Tswana and Sotho Radio Stations.

Since 2001, he frequently collaborated with fellow vocalist Nana Coyote, and his links Steve Kekana 1with a younger generation were solidified through his association with singer / producer Joe Nina, who produced his most recent album “African Lady”. Kekana, Coyote and Nina regularly appeared on stage together, and recorded under the name “The Trio”.

Kekana holds a B Juris and LLB degrees, and has written on Intellectual Property from the perspective of a songwriter.

ABOUT THE PRODUCER
Simphiwe Majozi, an actor on the SABC 1 telenovela Uzalo, will be hosting and producing this first ever tribute concert to Steve Kekana.

Majozi, who plays the role of a ruthless criminal known to many as Sbu on Uzalo is also a director of Ikusasa Arts Development Projects (“Ikusasa”). The organisation focuses on developing and uncovering new talent, whilst celebrating artistic legends and icons in the music industry. He believes that young and old in the entertainment industry can have a mutually beneficial relationship, learning and growing from each other.

Tickets are R150 and can be purchased at www.joburgtheatre.com, via Webtickets or by calling Joburg Theatre’s Box Office on 0861 670 670.

CIRQUE ELOIZE iD – BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND TO ASTOUND AND ASTONISH!

NUMBERS SPEAK FOR EVERY CIRQUE ÉLOIZE MOVE

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Cirque Éloize iD makes its Cape Town debut at Artscape next month, opening on Wednesday, 16 November 2016 and after just fifteen performances, this high-energy production that blends breathtaking acrobatics and street dance, moves to Montecasino’s Teatro for a limited season opening on Wednesday, 30 November and ending on 24 December.  Tickets are on sale at Computicket.

Directed by Jeannot Painchaud and brought to South Africa by leading local promoter, Showtime Management, Cirque Éloize’s iD has been enjoyed over the past 7 years by more than 1 million spectators in over 1000 performances in almost 100 cities across the globe in 30 countries. On stage, there’s speed, powerful performances and a jaw-dropping spectacular trampoline-finale that is guaranteed to leave the audience in awe.  Behind the scenes there’s a story, a dream and a host of interesting facts and figures.

“iD” is one of eleven original productions under the Cirque Éloize banner. Positioned at the heart of the renewal of circus arts this Montreal-based company has been creating moving performances filled with magic for more than 23 years. Proudly boasting more than 4,000 performances in over 500 cities and 50 countries, the worldwide popularity of Cirque Éloize keeps growing. In addition to its touring shows, Cirque Éloize develops custom made concepts for international special events. To date, more than 1,400 events have taken place, seen by over 3 million spectators.

Last month “iD” played to full houses in London and received rave reviews.  ‘I have never seen anything like it,” was the buzz as the audience piled out into the West End night ….,” says Express.co.uk. The reviewshub.com gave the show 4,5 stars and stated that “iD’s greatest strength is that every aspect is individually at the top of its field, complementing each other and culminating in a really impactful and dynamic production.” Soon local audiences will be joining the thousands of worldwide fans enthralled by Cirque Éloize iD.

With iD, Cirque Éloize presents a show positively crackling with daring and modernity. Cirque Éloize’s iD is a blend of circus arts and urban dance: b-boying/b-girling, breakdance, hip-hop and more. The scene is set in the heart of a city, in a public space where people seek refuge and a chance to shed their anonymity; a place where identity is forged and individuality is expressed to a stimulating soundtrack created by composers Jean-Phi Goncalves (Beast) and Alex McMahon. The company is integrating multimedia for the first time in its 9th original creation, giving this show a unique feel. Fifteen performers from 14 disciplines help create iD’s entertaining and resolutely urban universe, in keeping with Cirque Éloize’s tradition of using multidisciplinary performers from around the world.

The response to the show’s first season at Montecasino some 3 years ago was phenomenal, resulting in a sold out shows and a high demand for tickets.  The volume of requests lead to this year’s return SA season which includes Cape Town for the first time.  Two cities, 44 performances by 15 artistes including acrobats, aerialists, a trial biker plus hip hop and break dancers in an intimate theatre setting creates an unrivalled entertainment experience for families and the young at heart.

The Reviewshub.com sums up the show in numerical terms. “Fourteen different disciplines are expertly combined in two hours, matched by the highest standards in design. Painchaud’s vision effortlessly creates a product that pushes boundaries and captivates its audience. Small wonder that it is at 1,000 shows and still going strong.”

The numbers speak volumes. Don’t miss it.  Book now at Computicket by calling 0861 915 8000, visit www.computicket.com or your nearest Computicket service centre.  For more information, visit www.showtime.co.za  stay current on the latest news through social media on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

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MAKE WAY … THE QUEEN IS COMING!

A journey to the heart of FABULOUS …

PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT

The hit musical makes its SA debut with local cast.

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Get ready for the musical journey of your life!  The critically-acclaimed hit musical Priscilla Queen of the Desert based on the Oscar-winning hit film makes its South African premiere at Artscape, Cape Town on Tuesday, 28 March 2017.  Presented by Showtime Management in association with Lunchbox Theatrical Productions and Nullarbor Productions, and featuring an all South African cast, Priscilla will be on stage at Artscape until Sunday, 23 April, thereafter moving to Montecasino’s Teatro from Friday, 28 April to 18 June 2017. Tickets are now on sale at Computicket. Hashtag: #PriscillaSA. Brought to South Africa in association with BBC First.

Priscilla Queen of the Desert The Musical originally opened in Australia in 2006 and after a sell-out two year run, opened on London’s West End followed by Broadway in New York. The show continues to wow audiences across the globe with recent return tours to the UK, Australia and New Zealand. It has won awards all over the world, including prestigious Olivier and Tony awards.

Critics the world over rave! The Herald Sun (Australia) claims the show is “Vivid, daring and over-the-top” while The Daily Telegraph (UK) sums up the show as being “hugely entertaining … insanely glitzy”.

Priscilla Queen of the Desert is a heart-warming and uplifting tale of three drag artist friends who hop aboard a battered old bus aka “Priscilla” and go off on the adventure of a life-time through the Australian Outback, to perform in Alice Springs.  On the way they find friendship, love and far more than they ever dreamed of.

With a dazzling array of over 500 award-winning costumes, 200 extraordinary head-dresses and a hit parade of dancefloor favourites including I Will Survive, Hot Stuff, Finally, Boogie Wonderland, Go West, Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, and I Love The Nightlife, this wildly fresh and funny musical is a journey to the heart of FABULOUS!

Showtime Management’s Hazel Feldman says: “Priscilla is the ultimate ‘feel-good’ show. This dazzling musical has all the ingredients for a superb night out: the most wonderful costumes, outrageous glamour, music that will have you dancing in your seat and a funny yet touching storyline. No wonder this show has been such a massive hit from the West End to Broadway and beyond.”

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The proudly South African, exceptionally talented 28-member cast, live band, crew and creative team will give audiences a night of unforgettable performances, nostalgic music and an entertainment experience with all the sparkle to share in Priscilla’s “fabulousness”.

The principal roles will be played by stellar stage, screen and television performers including David Dennis who has achieved prominence in leading roles from classical to contemporary and musical theatre to film and television over the past three decades (Pirates of Penzance, Starlight Classics and movies 10000BC, Winnie and Zambezia); Daniel Buys (Jersey Boys, West Side Story, Saturday Night Fever); Phillip Schnetler (Saturday Night Fever, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz) and veteran actor, James Borthwick (Sunset Boulevard, Evita and over 200 other productions).

Additional roles are played by Taryn-Lee Hudson (Singin’ in the Rain, Jersey Boys), Chantal Herman (Little Shop of Horrors, Evita, Noah of Cape Town) and Candice van Litsenborgh (AnnieSweeney Todd, Sunset Boulevard) with Candida Mosoma (Lion King, Sister Act, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat), The Voice of SA finalist, Thembeka Mnguni (High School Musical, Grease) and Durban born Londiwe Dhlomo (Cabaret, Little Shop of Horrors, Puss in Boots) as the three dazzling Diva’s.

The ensemble features a host of multi-talented local performers including Tshepo Ncokoane (Shrek, Janice Honeyman’s Pantomime Sleeping Beauty); Zane Gillion (Sister Act, Saturday Night Fever, Dirty Dancing); Michael Fullard (Hot Mikado, Sleeping Beauty, Sneeuwitjie); Michael Wallace (Rocky Horror Picture Show, Cabaret, West Side Story); Craig Hawks (Black Sails television series, My Fair Lady); Ryan Flynn (Rocky Horror Picture Show, The Sound of Music, Jersey Boys), Samuel Hyde (Singin’ in the Rain SA, Asia and Australia/New Zealand Tour); Henk Opperman (Private Presley, Dirty Dancing the Musical SA and Asia). Fresh new talent includes Dirk Joubert, Jonathan Raath, Nadine Grobbelaar, Donae Brazer, Lourens Obermeyer and Darius Engelbrecht.

Original Priscilla international Director, Simon Phillips together with Choreographer, Andrew Hallsworth will be coming to South Africa to mount the show together with Resident Director, Anton Luitingh; Musical Director, Bryan Schimmel and Resident Choreographer, Duane Alexander.

Board the bus! Bring your “fabulousness” on this highly entertaining journey. Book now at Computicket by calling 0861 915 8000, visit www.computicket.com or your nearest Computicket service centre.

NB: This musical contains some strong language and adult themes, therefore parental guidance is recommended for children under the age of 12.

For further information visit www.showtime.co.za or www.montecasino.co.za or www.artscape.co.za

Special hospitality packages as well as Show & Stay packages available from Montecasino Hospitality & Corporate Events, (011) 3674250 or montecasino.reservations@tsogosun.com.

Stay current on the latest news through social media on Facebook  Twitter and YouTube  #PriscillaSA

 

A Fever You’ll Want to Catch!

A Review of Saturday Night Fever, currently on stage at the South African State Theatre

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I’ll start off with a confession – I’ve never seen the film version of Saturday Night Fever!! Shock, horror, yes … you can all pick up your jaws and close your mouths now! I didn’t see John Travolta do the whole strut thing in the iconic 3-piece white suit, I only saw the stills; I didn’t hear the Bee Gees’ soundtrack played in its original backdrop format. Hence, when I heard the adapted radio versions, I had no clue of their actual depth or meaning. But that’s all ancient history, relegated to what had become that somewhat lacklustre Disco file of the late 70’s, when I was %$# years old!

Roll on to September 2016 and Bernard Jay’s production of Saturday Night Fever hits the Opera Theatre of The South African State Theatre … I’m now $%*@ years old, and I’m damn excited about it all! Disco’s back! It’s fun, fab, retro and groovy (ok, I know, nobody uses that word)! Glitter balls, go-go boots, big hair and colour, lots and lots of colour!

The storyline goes roughly something like this (just in case you’re part of the uninformed minority):

It’s June 1977, the hottest summer on record and New York is sizzling. Down in the boroughs racial tension is brewing, jobs are scarce and people are angry. Money’s tight, hope seems like a foolish luxury and the only light on the horizon is the glittering disco ball above the dance floor in the club where Tony Manero and his crew, The Faces, hang out on a Saturday night. Tony is ‘da man’. He struts, he moves, he grooves, and everyone else is in awe, especially Annette. Unfortunately, he would prefer the aloof Stephanie Mangano to be as awestruck, but that’s going to take a bit of work on his part. Throw in a side-plot or two, some angst, some religious guilt and there you have it! Oh, and don’t forget all that unforgettable Bee Gees music – Staying Alive, Night Fever, More Than A Woman, Disco Inferno, What Kind of Fool … and of course, many more.

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And it’s all here, everything that can be crammed into a nutshell stage show, and Jay has pulled no punches with putting together a theatrical dream team for this creation. Sarah Roberts’ costumes are spot-on, instantly transporting you to that era of (slightly embarrassing) flares, high waists and wide lapels. Award-winning director Greg Homann proves that he’s clearly able to cast his net a lot wider than solely serious theatre. In this, his musical directing debut, he’s done a sterling job. Musical maestro Rowan Bakker, assisted by Drew Bakker directs his 8-piece band with pacey, up-beat panache through, what for many, is a trip down a music memory lane (by the way … just a quick shout out to Trombone player Dan Selsick … you know, trombone players never get mentioned, so … hi). The energetic, vibrant cast are put through their paces by choreographer Weslee Lauder, who ensures that every step, lift, spin and turn is executed with slick precision.

But oh my word … that set!! Denis Hutchinson has created a living, breathing entity that surges around the stage as if it is its own entirely separate, individual character! It opens, shuts, slides, rises, sinks, splits – I almost wanted to ask it to make me a cup of coffee!  It is an innovation of design genius, enhanced by ingenious, strategic lighting.

And to populate this epic masterpiece, one needs a bunch of gorgeous looking talent, which we have in shovel-loads. The cast is a cohesive and comfortable ensemble, ably navigating the ups and downs that their characters endure, as the audience is quickly swept up and into their lives, their struggles and their triumphs. Accolades must go to:

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Daniel Buys as Tony Manero

Daniel Buys, playing an understated Tony. There’s every opportunity for him to overplay the role, but he reigns it in, allowing his talent and charm to shine through whether he’s taking to the floor at the 2001 Odyssey nightclub, or singing his poignant solo rendition of ‘Tragedy’.

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LJ Neilsen as Annette

LJ Nielsen, for her touching portrayal of the sweet but vacuous Annette, who has yet to discover who she really is. Nielsen’s beautiful, rich voice certainly can’t fail to catch the audience’s attention, even though Annette failed to catch Tony’s. And I have to say, I particularly loved her facial expressions. They just added an extra nuance to her entire performance!

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Natasha van der Merwe as Stephanie with Daniel Buys as Tony

Natasha van der Merwe for her perfect depiction of the ‘on the surface’ cool and collected Stephanie Mangano, while below that tough exterior she’s paddling for all she’s worth! Stephanie epitomises every ‘Tony’ trying to improve his life, determined not to be dragged back to where they started from, but struggling between a new life and acknowledgement of their roots. Van der Merwe gets it right on all levels, striking a balance between tentative and determined and finishing strong.

 

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Kiruna-Lind Devar as Pauline with Matthew Berry as Bobby

Kiruna-Lind Devar, the sweet-faced and even sweeter voiced Pauline who only wants to do the right thing. Watch this space people; this is a young performer going places. Big places!

 

Sebe Leotlela as nightclub singer Candy is incredible and deserves more prominence, as does Bongi Mthombeni as Monty, who could also be put to much better use here.

Take the show for what it is. It’s an enjoyable musical; a bit of a serious theme here and there, but lightened up with many well-known sing-a-long tunes, well-executed dance numbers, a bunch of great looking people in colourful clothes, on a drop-dead incredible moving set! It’s not rocket science, don’t try and read too much into it. Just go and have fun … we all need to have a lot more fun and we’re damn lucky that we have a bunch of people out there who are working their butts off to give it to us!

Saturday Night Fever is on at the Opera Theatre at the South African State Theatre in Pretoria until October 9.

If you haven’t already booked at Computicket, go and do that right now! Why are you still reading this? Go … book … NOW!!!

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#HASHTAG He’s a Really Nice Guy!

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It’s a typically busy Wednesday morning at Starbucks in Rosebank when Marc and I meet. One of the waiter’s admires Marc’s lumo green takkies as we make our way to a table, and I notice he’s drawing more than one or two surreptitious glances from a few other customers. He’s casually nonchalant as we sit down and begin our chat.

I ask Marc when he first realised he was funny. He tells me that he never really did! He’s never liked conflict, or people arguing, and turns to humour to diffuse these types of situations when they arise. He prefers to be around relaxed people and he genuinely enjoys making people laugh.

Marc grew up in Retreat, in the Cape Flats. His father was a pastor, and the clear understanding was that when you left school, you went to university to study towards a secure career. His mom actually wanted him to follow his father and become a churchman! So, being the respectful son that he was, Marc went and studied Law! I swear, I nearly fell off my chair when I heard this – but then we got into a discussion about those TV shows that we watched at the time: LA Law, Ally McBeal and the like (actually that whole Monday night vibe … Dynasty, Magnum … big shoulders … but I digress) You know, those shows made the legal profession just so sexy and appealing! But I don’t think that’s quite what our parents had in mind!

So I was trying to fathom how a Law degree turned into becoming one of the top 10, most loved comedians in South Africa. By the time he reached 4th year Law, Marc had achieved his BA degree and was working as an usher at the Baxter Theatre – a Cape Town institution. He was watching iconic actors like Pieter Dirk Uys and was riveted by the unapologetic honesty of the shows he was watching; shows about everyday life that really touched him. Satire was huge at the time, and this thoroughly appealed to him. And here’s where one of those serendipitous life events occurs: round about this time the owner of an advertising agency suggested that Marc should come in for a job interview, which he did. He started the next day, gave up studying towards that Law degree and started to carve a creative niche for himself.

At the ad agency, Marc was doing loads of copywriting. Creativity was encouraged, and he started to find that no matter what he said, people laughed – even when he wasn’t trying to be funny! This was to be his home for 6 years.

By the time his 30th birthday rolled around, Marc was renting an apartment from award-winning author and journalist, Marianne Thamm. Clearly she spotted his potential and encouraged him to share his unique story-telling prowess, seeing his knack for drawing people in and for making them laugh. For his 30th birthday, Marc booked a small venue, an upstairs room at The Coffee Lounge, filled it with some friends, arrived with a ‘doek’ in his pocket, which he promptly put on his head at some stage of his performance, and introduced his audience to ‘Aunty Merle’, a typical Athlone housewife (who became one of his well-known cast of characters, which included Colleen the cashier and Travis the coolest club-hopper that ever lived). His audience lapped it up, roaring with total hilarity. So much so, that the owner of the venue came up to see what all the noise was about.

By the end of that evening, Marc had been booked to appear at the venue for another two weeks. Unsurprisingly, word spread like wildfire, and the place was full every single night. He was thoroughly enjoying what he thought was a brief dabble with stand-up comedy until journalists started showing up, rave reviews started pouring in, and the rest, as they say, is history!Janice & Marc

I found Marc completely unaffected by his status – he had no problem being approached by people wanting to chat and take selfies with him, including one who excitedly claimed “I have a friend who always gets to meet famous people, and now I can show her I met someone famous too!”

But if you think that was where the interview ended … well, no!! Did you honestly think I was going to interview a comedian, and just chat about mundane stuff like life, TV and what colour takkies they’re wearing??!!

Here’s the fun stuff …

(In case you’re wondering – GT is me “Glitter & Toast”, I’ll let you guess who ML is!)

GT:         You can choose 1 song that will play whenever you enter a room, for the rest of your life – kind of like your theme song. What’s your song?

ML:        Barry White – My first, my last, my everything  (see – there’s that Ally McBeal Barry Whiteinfluence!)  (GT: and might I add, Marc replied to this without any hesitation whatsoever!!)

GT:         What would be the title of the story of your life and who would write it?

ML:        “Happy” I’d write it myself, or I’d get someone who I really, really trust to write it – like Marianne Thamm!

GT:         Who would play you in the movie of your life

ML:        I’d love it if Charlize would make the time hey?!!

 

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Jirra!!! He was creepy!!!

GT:         Which superhero would you be?

ML:        More like the anti-hero! I really like Heath Ledger’s portrayal of The Joker – there’s just something about that, you know?

GT:         So what is your superpower?

ML:        “To make people laugh, no matter how crap things are at home.” (That’s a direct quote from Marc!)

GT:         Where would you travel to in a time machine?

ML:        Hmmmm, I’ve never actually thought about that.  But I’d like to spend a couple of weeks on a space ship! And talking about travel,  I love Zanzibar – it’s the ideal holiday destination. You do absolutely nothing. It’s completely laid back; the type of place where you read all of those books you’ve been putting off!

GT:         Which 5 people (living or dead) would you like to have with you on your fantasy island?

ML:        Whitney Houston – because I know all the words to every single one of her songs – but I wouldn’t sing along with her! (GT – Marc actually has a lovely voice and sings really well.)

Carol Burnett – because she’s so funny and will make everyone laugh

A Buddhist type of person (!!!!) (GT – we couldn’t think of a famous Buddhist type person!)

Chef Reuben Riffel

Oprah Winfrey – with daily pearls of wisdom!

Marc’s latest show #Hashtag Lottering is currently on at the Auto & General Theatre on the Square in Sandton, until 17 September. It’s a hilarious take on how social media has skewered our view on reality. Go and have a laugh and (as Marc says) forget how crap life is for a while!! GO AND SEE IT!

Tickets can be booked through the theatre (011 883 8606) or via Strictly Tickets.

Nataniël’s latest creation, MANNEQUIN, heads to Emperors Palace in August

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I firmly believe that Nataniël is a national treasure who should be nurtured and cherished like the priceless gem that he is!

After admiring him from afar for so long, I finally went to see him onstage in his previous show After Animals, and I was transported to another realm of Nataniël’s own creation. He is a true genius, and I was so thrilled when the show deservedly received numerous Naledi awards earlier this year, including awards for Best Costume Design, Best Score and Best Lighting.

Nataniel 3So I’m pretty elated (actually that’s a bit of an understatement) that his much anticipated new show is opening in Johannesburg in the not too distant future, and that I’m able to bring you all the details right here, after receiving the press release earlier today …

Multitalented stalwart of the South African entertainment industry for over two decades, Nataniël is more than just a producer, director, designer, playwright, public speaker and performer – he is a true icon of stage and screen. Nataniël will return to the Theatre of Marcellus stage at Emperors Palace with a new stage production, MANNEQUIN, from 18 August to 25 September 2016(There will be a week of previews from 18 August, with the show opening officially on 25 August and runs until 25 September 2016.)

The production tells the story of an author who toys with the idea of writing a book about the life of a reclusive tailor. MANNEQUIN is the story told by his tailor. A tale of surprise, fear, cruelty, humour, truth and fantasy. The show will not only feature original music, but also Nataniël’s surprise versions of a few of the world’s best known songs from the late sixties and the eighties.

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Nataniël will share the stage with long-time fellow musicians Charl du Plessis (keyboards), Juan Oosthuizen (guitars), Werner Spies (bass), Hugo Radyn (drums) and favourite singers Nicolaas Swart and Dihan Slabbert. This show, structured around stories told in both English and Afrikaans, is about visual beauty and tailoring, and features an astounding collection of new costumes by the multi award-winning designer, Floris Louw.

MANNEQUINN, set to captivate audiences with its masterful blend of music, storytelling and breathtaking costumes, will be performed from Wednesdays to Saturdays at 20h00, and on Sunday afternoons at 15h00. Tickets start from R160 per person and can be booked through the Emperors Palace Box Office on 011 928 1297/1213, or by visiting www.emperorspalace.com or Computicket. Winners Circle members qualify for discount.

There is an age restriction of No Under 15’s and the show is 90 minutes in duration with no interval.

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